For Love of You I’m a Sky on Fire

August 29th, 2011

So, what’s up with this title?  For some reason, God has always put the imagery of fire into my heart as a means of passion unto Him.  Growing up in South Florida, there were the most incredible sunsets and sunrises imaginable.  When I would watch them, my heart would feel like it was alive and the beauty would take my breath away.  That is how I now feel when I dance for Jesus.  I feel like a sky on fire, blazing for God, shining His light and His beauty forth for all to see.  I feel alive.  I feel His majesty flow forth.  I feel like I am ablaze.  I am unashamed to reveal Him for all to see.

Several years ago, I received a Dancing Fire Barbie doll (I used to collect them).  When I took one look at her flowing dress that was made to resemble fire, I was drawn again to that feeling inside me that resonates with the fiery passion of God for His people.  I love to look at that doll.  In the Old Testament, fire was used to consume the sacrifices offered up to the Lord.  God called an offering made by fire – the burnt offering – “a sweet aroma”.  Fire was also used to show the presence of God.  In Exodus, the Angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a flame of fire in the midst of a bush.  He led the Israelites by a pillar of fire at night.

Exodus 24:17 says, “The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.”

Leviticus 6:13 instructed, “A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”  I look at this and know that I can keep a fire burning on the altar of my heart and my life by keeping His vision and purposes for my life at the center of my focus.  When I veer to the right or to the left, the fire always dwindles.  My desire is to live my life just like these song lyrics, “The zeal of God has consumed me, deep within my soul.  A burning fire, that keeps burning…a fire that cannot be quenched.”

Recently, God spoke to my heart that I was like a phoenix (again, fire imagery).   Yes, there are pagan ties to the phoenix legends, but there are also Christian allegories and truths that God wanted me to see.  A phoenix was a bird who laid its eggs in its nest only to set it all on fire thereby consuming itself, its nest and its eggs.  Why was God showing me this?  He wanted me to see myself as the phoenix.  I had laid eggs (reaped a harvest) of disappointment, plans gone awry, missed opportunities and dreams I’d let die.  He was showing me that it was time to light the fire on the past, on the things the enemy has been able to prosper against me, and arise a new creation once again in Him.  The phoenix arises in fire.  I am to arise in the fire of God, with His passion and His zeal.

When looking at the meanings one can draw from the phoenix, this is what God wanted me to see:

  • The phoenix has been used as an allegory of the resurrection and of life after death (in Christ) – it is an eternal being.  What God was showing me was that my past has not been patched up, it’s been buried completely in Jesus.  I am a new creation!
  • The Phoenix Bird lives in a nest of frankincense, which indicates Christ’s priestly intercession for mankind, according to the Defender’s Bible Commentary.  Therefore, to say that the Phoenix Bird lives in a nest containing frankincense portrays a Messiah type ministry for mankind, and one that involves spiritual “intercession”.  God has personally shown me that He has placed a heart for intercession in me.  He is reminding me again to seek Him on behalf of others in prayer and through dance.
  • The phoenix also has myrrh in its nest – in ancient times, it was used to clean wounds and sores.  Just like the love of God, we are to reach the lost and the hurting.  We are to reach those who don’t see their need for a Savior.  We are to be the balm of salvation, the salve of restored relationship to God.
  • The most well known phoenixs were Arabian and had brilliant scarlet and gold plumage and a melodious cry; it made it’s home near a cool well.  We are to make our home near the living water of God.  We are to be a well for others to come and draw from.  Out of our bellies are to flow rivers of living water.  Scarlet (red) is symbolic of the shed blood of Jesus and of warfare.  Gold is the color of God’s glory.
  • In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is the symbol of high virtue and grace, of power and prosperity, loyalty and honesty, power sent from the heavens to earth.  I couldn’t think of more appropriate things I would want to be associated with.  I place a very high value on loyalty, virtue and honesty.  I think the symbolism of a phoenix being acquainted with power sent down from heaven to earth is just so cool.
  • The Japanese phoenix was said to only appear at the birth of a virtuous ruler and was said to mark a new era where it would descend from heaven to do good deeds for people and then return to the heavens to await a new era.  It was said to represent the sun, justice, obedience and fidelity.  Others say the phoenix only appeared during times of peace and prosperity.  I think that God was trying to show me that He is transitioning me into a time of peace and prosperity.  We have just come through a very hard season in our life and this is especially comforting to me personally.

So, the fire imagery is very personal to me.  The phoenix is now a symbol in my life of what God has done for me, what He wants and expects from me in this new season and a reminder that I need to stick close to Him, delving into the zeal and passion He put in my heart so long ago.

Lastly, the lyrics to Audrey Assad’s song, “For Love of You” are the reason for this post and the revealing of my inner heart.  Here are the lyrics, and below you can listen to the actual song:

 

You live in a million places

Your fingerprints can be seen on a million faces

There is a trace of You

In every hallelujah

Every song that I sing

 

And For love of You

I’m a sky on fire

And because of You

I come alive

And it’s Your sacred heart within me beating

Your voice within me singing out

For love of You

Oh, for love of You

 

It’s all for you, yeah

 

You are the highway I travel

Cause I watched You carve streets of gold

From the sand and gravel

I gave You brokenness

You gave me innocence

And now this road leads to glory

 

And For love of You

I’m a sky on fire

And because of You

I come alive

And it’s Your sacred heart within me beating

Your voice within me singing out

For love of You

Yeah

 

You are my deepest longing

So I see You everywhere

It’s You I’m chasing after

Cause I am captivated by who You are

And how You move

I’ll follow You forever

 

For love of You

I’m a sky on fire

Because of You

I come alive

Yeah

 

And For love of You

I’m a sky on fire

And because of You

I come alive

And it’s Your sacred heart within me beating

Your voice within me singing out

For love of You

Oh, for love of You

It’s all for love of you, God

And everything that I do

Oh, it’s all for love of You

Listen to the song by clicking below: [audio:http://praisedancers.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/01-For-Love-of-You.mp3]

*For Love of You”, by Audrey Assad, used with permission.

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